Prince Harry is speaking out in defense of his recent private jet ride to Elton John’s French home. He was joined by his wife, Duchess Meghan and their son Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The British royal addressed the widely controversial matter as he launched a sustainable travel initiative called ‘Travalyst’ last Tuesday. The global partnership rounds up a pool of the largest companies in the Travel industry in an effort to promote sustainable tourism. Members of the initiative include Booking.com, Skyscanner, Trip Advisor, VISA and Ctrip.
Announcement for the project was first made via an Instagram post on the royal couple’s official account. See the post below:
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We are excited to announce the launch of ‘Travalyst’, a global initiative striving to change the impact of travel, for good. Partnering alongside key travel industry giants @Bookingcom, #Ctrip, @Skyscanner, @TripAdvisor and @Visa_US, our aim is to spark a movement to transform the future of travel, putting communities at the heart of the solution. We believe in the power and importance of travel. We also have a shared responsibility to our planet and to each other. • “I want to start with a little bit of background as to specifically why I’m here today, because as you may know, I am not a tourism or business expert, but through my travels I have observed the unique relationship between community and environment, and have noticed something alarming. There wasn’t the symbiosis or connection there needed to be and I wanted to understand why. I am one of those people fortunate enough to have a platform and I want to use it to tackle hard problems, in the hope of finding solutions…and that’s how Travalyst was born” – The Duke of Sussex The name #Travalyst comes from The Duke and partners viewing our role in sustainable travel as catalysts to accelerate positive changes in travel. Travel + catalyst = Travalyst #Travalyst aims to make travel more sustainable, to help protect destinations and benefit communities long into the future, and to enable consumers to make more environmental friendly choices whilst traveling. The Duke of Sussex, having invited the founding partners to start the conversation, believes that the organisations – with operations in nearly every country, hundreds of millions of customers that use their products every day, and business relationships around the world – have sufficient influence and the critical mass necessary to catalyse real system change in the travel industry, for the benefit of destinations, communities and ecosystems. To discover more about the new initiative, visit www.Travalyst.org
In a press conference for the initiative, the Duke of Sussex took the opportunity to address the backlash he and his family received on Tuesday.
“I spend 99 percent of my life traveling the world by commercial and occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe,” Prince Harry explained. “It’s generally as simple as that. But as I said in my speech, for me, what it is is about balance.”
The royal added that he had and always will balance out his carbon footprint by offsetting CO2 emissions.
Travalyst was launched Amsterdam, the Netherlands following the incessant accusations of hypocrisy the Duke and Duchess received. Multiple personalities came forward to defend the royal couple amid the criticism they received. These include legendary performer Elton John, comedian, and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and singer-songwriter Pink.